In the comedy John Wayne film, The Quiet Man, set in Southern Ireland, there is a scene involving an Anglican vicar who delivers a sermon to an empty church every Sunday.
The local people don’t want to see him out of a job and removed from the village so all the Roman Catholics turn out and cheer as the Anglican Church of Ireland Bishop comes to visit the parish.
The ploy works, and the vicar keeps his job.
The Labour leadership contest is becoming a little like that scene from The Quiet Man, as far as I am concerned.
No one wants to see the Labour Party go out of business, so all sorts of people are joining at the moment to vote in the leadership election, and cheer them on.
This, however, is masking the true state of Labour Party support.
I believe that successive Labour leaders have failed to deal with certain issues in local town halls, especially in the North of England and Scotland.
The widespread suspicion, as far as I see it, is that there are too many jobs for the boys involved in Labour Party politics.
However, any voice of concern that is raised in protest is quickly muzzled.
Nigel F Boddy,